We often complain here at Mujahid Tricks about the lack of color selection in current technology. Well, HyperX just threw us a bot. The company originally released its Cloud Stinger in 2016, draped in black. Nearly five years later, HyperX has raised the bar with the Cloud Stinger, one of the PC-focused headsets in the brand’s extensive Stinger line, also available in pink. However, it comes with what you might call a pink tax: the pink version currently has a suggested retail price of $50, while the black version is $35 at the time of writing.
Plus, you get all the features you’d expect from a gaming headset, and even a high-quality noise-cancelling microphone and virtual 7.1 surround sound. But despite its lightweight, this is a bulky set of cans. The Cloud Stinger can’t quite compete with the best gaming headsets on the market, but what it lacks in flash it makes up for in affordability. This is a solid entry-level option.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Specifications
|Driver type:||50mm. Neodymium Magnet|
|Frequency Response||18 – 23,000 Hz|
|Microphone Type:||Electret Condenser Microphone, Unidirectional, Noise Canceling|
|Weight||0.6 pounds (275 g)|
|Cables||4.3 ft (1.3 m) 3.5 mm cable|
|1.7 m (5.6 ft) Y-cable extension|
Design and comfort of HyperX Cloud Stinger
The HyperX Cloud Stinger has a sturdier look and while they don’t have RGB lighting, the new baby pink color adds some spice. The new gloss pink Cloud Stingers will make its sibling, the HyperX Cloud Alpha, jealous. The Cloud Stinger’s predominantly pink plastic with gray ear cups and the gray HyperX logo set these entry-level cans apart from the crowd. And I love that.
Despite a more bulky look, it weighs just 0.6 pounds, putting it on par with the Razer Kraken V3 X and lighter than the slightly more expensive Razer Kraken (0.7 pounds), which also comes in pink. The Cloud Stinger is somewhat easy to store thanks to ear cups that can rotate 90 degrees, allowing the headset to lie flat. The ear cups themselves feel sturdy, but the hinges feel a bit flimsy. Those ear cups are made from HyperX’s home-brewed memory foam and finished with luscious synthetic leather. The memory foam padding is quite comfortable, but they’re not as soft or plush as some more expensive gaming headphones, such as the Asus ROG Delta S and the Epos H3. Still, I gamed for 5 hours at a time without my ears getting warm or experiencing any discomfort.
On the right earcup you’ll find the volume wheel, while the left earcup houses the microphone (more on that in the dedicated section below), as well as the headset’s 4.2-foot 3.5mm cable, which is shorter than the average 6-feet we use. are used to but was not a problem for me. Fortunately, the earcups are far enough apart for most gamers, so there wasn’t any added pressure there.
Overall, the Cloud Stinger shows decent build quality; however, the plastic frame feels a bit cheap despite the headband being reinforced with a strip of metal. Remember, this is a rubber audio cable. And while it seems durable enough for its type, it doesn’t compare to the more premium braided cables many more expensive cans come with.
Audio Performance of HyperX Cloud Stinger Pink
The HyperX Cloud Stinger uses a pair of 50mm neodymium drivers with a frequency response of 18-23,000Hz, a bit wider than the 20-20,000Hz many gaming headsets carry, especially at this price. They don’t have the most thump, meaning the bass isn’t very powerful. But overall, the Cloud Stinger is a very clear and loud headset without any discernible distortion.
While playing Border areas 2, the bass performance of the unit was solid enough and gave the sounds of various weapons a nice amount of pop. I wouldn’t call the audio immersive, but it does come through clearly enough that you have the awareness to avoid getting blown up. For example, when I shot out a barrel full of explosives, I enjoyed a nice, medium-to-low rumble.
When I tried the Cloud Stinger with Batman: Arkham Knight. It was easy to hear the nuanced sounds that characterize the game and make it more fun, like bone-squeezing punches, and then my favorite sound, the firing of the Batmobile’s rocket engine. The latter was bombastly reproduced with a rich explosive sound as it launched me through streets at blazing fast speeds. The unit offers loud, clear audio, but I wouldn’t call them boomy or with powerful deep bass.
I also did some jamming on the Cloud Stinger, turning to a bass-heavy mix from Busta Rhymes, starting with “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See”. The bold basslines were clearly reproduced, but weren’t quite as powerful as what you get with other headsets, like the Razer Kraken X3 X.
In contrast, the Cloud Stinger is a very nice headset for watching movies or TV shows. I used it to finally finish it Avengers: Endgame. I was off immediately as the heroes were about to engage in their final battle, accompanied by triumphant horns blaring for added effect. Debris crumbling around Ant-Man, War Machine and the Hulk came clear and clear through all the madness. The loud volume of the headset and the ability to pick up the different layers of sound during intense action scenes with a lot going on made for a solid experience.
Microphone on HyperX Cloud Stinger Pink
The HyperX Cloud Stinger has an electret condenser microphone that is unidirectional and has noise cancellation. HyperX specifies it with a frequency response of about 50-18,000 Hz. In comparison, the Kraken V3 X’s microphone is rated for 100-10,000 Hz, so the Cloud Stinger’s microphone has a longer range, despite the lower price.
During video conferences, all my colleagues confirmed that my voice was coming in loud and clear. The microphone also picked up the deep timbre of my voice. I also used the Cloud Stinger for a radio gig and the producer told me it sounded like I was in the studio.
The microphone’s noise canceling feature is solid and better than not having everything, but not perfect. During some test recordings, the microphone picked up some background noise, such as my friend rearranging our cast iron pans while listening to Sade. However, the sound picked up was very weak, and if you factor in the entry-level price, it’s a win.
While the Cloud Stinger’s microphone isn’t detachable, its ‘Swivel-to-mute’ feature makes it easy enough to get it out of the way. Just flip up the mic and it’s not only out of your sight, but you’re also silenced. In a world where virtual calling is becoming more and more common, it’s a nice feature to make sure you don’t get heard if you don’t want to.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Pink features and software
The HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset comes without software and is not compatible with HyperX’s Ngenuity software. But honestly, it doesn’t have to be. For one, many gamers looking for a $50 or cheaper headset are probably fine without making extensive adjustments to their audio. Plus, the sound that comes out of the box is really good. Bass is decent, and mids and highs come through well too. This is indeed a plug-and-play headset.
The new shade of pink available with the HyperX Cloud Stinger turns some pretty entry-level cans into something that can steal the show at your next Twitch stream. More importantly, although they look a bit bulky, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is lightweight and comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
The swivel-to-mute microphone is a standout here, with a swivel-to-mute feature and decent noise cancellation, especially for the price. And if you want some pink cans, you now have another quality option at an affordable price. The Razer Kraken also comes in pink, but is a bit bass-heavy for our taste and $30 more than our review focus.
If you’re not committed to pink and want something similar and in the same price range as the Cloud Stinger but with more bass, check out the Razer Kraken V3 X. And if you’re okay with spending a little more money and still if you If you want a headset with a 3.5mm jack, consider the HyperX Cloud Alpha, which has a detachable microphone and cable.
However, if you want a solid, entry-level and affordable gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a good buy, whether it comes in black or pink. But if you want that extra flair, pink is the way to go.